Millions of sardines wash up in Redondo Beach
REDONDO BEACH, Calif.—Millions of sardines died in Redondo Beach's King Harbor, perhaps due to a lack of oxygen in the water, and city crews were working to remove them today, authorities said.
The surface of the water was covered in places by tons of the fish, in places a foot thick, Redondo Beach police Sgt. Phil Keenan said.
The cleanup is being handled by the county Department of Public Works, Keenan said. The job could take several days, as dead fish on the bottom decompose and float to the surface.
Sardines move in gigantic schools, sometimes called "bait balls,'' and the yesterday's high winds could have driven them in the harbor, which is in a pocket at the southern end of Santa Monica Bay.
Keenan said authorities believe many of the sardines died from "oxygen deprivation.''
"We believe the sardines were chased in, probably by some other type of predator fish,'' Keenan told ABC7 late this morning. "And millions of them came into the harbor. And there are still millions of them alive behind us here that are being fed on by the seagulls and the sea lions. But these particular sardines got into this basin here, which is a smaller area—and a confined
area—and we believe they died of oxygen deprivation.
"We know this because the water content is good; there's other fish still living; it's just the sardines that died off,'' Keenan said.
"Sardines consume a lot of oxygen, and there was not a lot of oxygen in the confined area where they were; and so they died of oxygen deprivation,'' Keenan said. "It's like putting too many fish in a small aquarium.''
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The investigation began on Sept. 17, after a Torrance resident living in the 17500 block of Emanita Avenue was fraudulently billed for a delivery to a FedEx office at 21023 Hawthorne Boulevard.
Surveillance video allegedly showed a suspect picking up a package.
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Nearly two months ago, the Board of Supervisors acknowledged that the plan needed to be reworked.
But now, Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe have formally recommended against instituting the measure “at this time.”
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Biggs, who signed a three-year contract with the city, will be formally introduced at the Council’s Tuesday meeting. Biggs’ appointment came after a six-month-long search. He replaces Jerome Groomes, who resigned in January after 12 years for another job.